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ATLS 1100: Design Foundations

Course Description

Introduces foundational principles, practices and methods of design. Emphasizes design as creative problem solving tool. This engages with “design” from a very broad perspective including visual, physical and auditory design practices. Through lectures, discussion and creative projects, students will gain a familiarity with diverse applications and practices related to creative technology and design.

The goal of this course is to teach students how to use fundamental design concepts effectively and compellingly in their work. Through lectures, class discussions, in-class exercises, projects and critiques, this course will cover the critical, theoretical, and technical skill sets necessary to become a more engaging, thoughtful, and articulate designer.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

Critical Thinking & Theory / History:
  • Gain vocabulary to discuss and analyze design fundamentals
  • Build knowledge on the history of design techniques and practices
  • Improve communication skills through 2D and 3D design principles
  • Develop analog and digital tools for design prototyping

Credit Hours

  • 3 hours


  • ATLS 2000 Meaning of Information Technology
  • Restricted to students with major or minor in Technology, Arts, and Media.